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PGCE Primary (5-11) PE Specialist with QTS

Course Description

This course prepares you for a career as a skilled primary teacher, specialising in physical education. You gain qualified teacher status in Key Stages 1 and 2, along with a PGCE qualification.

Your learning is based on an equal balance of physical education and the core aspects of the primary curriculum. You receive extensive training in English, maths, science and primary practice, alongside specialist PE teaching tuition and experience.

During the course you develop your teaching skills and confidence during professional placements in at least two schools across the two key stages.

You also take part in a compulsory summer school, designed to enhance your coaching skills. This can lead to nationally recognised coaching qualifications in a range of sports.

Throughout your studies you receive guidance and support from a team of lead practitioners and dedicated university and school-based tutors. You also benefit from the input of National Governing Bodies.


If you have a 2.1 degree or above and complete this course, you may be eligible for a £4,000-9,000 teacher training bursary.

Further information

For more information regarding our routes into teaching, including funding, placements, QTS skills tests and career prospects visit our teach site.

Course structure

Full time – 1 year.
Starts September.

You study:
-PE, primary teaching, learning and assessment
-Foundation subjects
-Researching primary education
-Personal and professional development
-The role of the teacher

The course is made up of modules which integrate experience in schools with professional and curriculum studies.

You complete two masters levels modules. One enables you to evaluate and reflect on your own progress as a teacher. The second enables you to explore a chosen area in more depth in your school or setting and with colleagues in that setting.

The other modules assess your ability against the teacher standards. You are assessed in Key stage 1 and Key stage 2.

Assessment: your academic work is assessed through coursework using a variety of assessment methods. Your teaching is assessed in schools and by school-based mentors.

Other admission requirements

If you are shortlisted, we will invite you to a selection event, and you should bring a passport or photo driving license with you. You can bring other forms of photo ID for the selection event, but if you do, you will still need to present valid identity documents required by the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) at your pre-course day. View our selection event guidance to ensure you understand the selection process. As you will be working with children, you must complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms. We welcome applications from people seeking a career change into primary teaching. We actively encourage applications from those groups under-represented in teacher education to ensure the teaching profession represents the diverse nature of present day UK society.
*GCSE mathematics and English equivalents are:
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-Equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
*GCSE science equivalents are
-12 level 2 credits from an Access course.
-science equivalency test from http://www.equivalencytesting.co.uk
-OCR National Level 2 Science.
-BTEC National Level 2 Science, Applied Science or Medical Science.

Visit the PGCE Primary (5-11) PE Specialist with QTS page on the Sheffield Hallam University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

GCSE grade C in English, mathematics and science, or equivalent*, you must hold the GCSE requirements before application; a 2.1 degree or above, or a 2.2 degree plus evidence of wider experience in a sport or UK school setting; it is desirable that you have at least 15 days recent foundation stage or primary UK school teaching experience with five of these days as continuous teaching (gained in the two years before your application); to complete QTS skills tests in numeracy and literacy as designated by the National College for Teaching and Leadership. See course description for further admission details.

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